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Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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California Digital Library
Jun 17, 2019
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Publisher's chromolithographed pictorial wrappers
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
California Digital Library
Jun 1, 2019 Crane, Thomas, b. 1843?; Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth, 1853-1922
texts
eye 499,377
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comment 6
Osborne Coll.
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Topics: Poetry of places, France -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
Mar 26, 2019 Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919; Denslow, W. W. (William Wallace), 1856-1915
texts
eye 92,084
favorite 169
comment 3
Publisher's green and red illustrated cloth over boards; illustrated endpapers. Plate detached
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Wizards
California Digital Library
Dec 18, 2018 Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine), 1650 or 51-1705; Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
texts
eye 3,510
favorite 25
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[v. 1] Prince Desire and Princess Mignonetta -- The beneficent frog / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Blanch and Vermilion -- Toads and diamonds / Charles Perrault -- Graciosa and Percinet / Madame d'Aulnoy -- The Princess Maia / Madame d'Aulnoy -- [v. 2] The white cat -- The master cat, or, Puss in Boots -- Babiola -- Prince Cherry -- [v. 3] Princess Rosetta / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Little Red Riding-Hood / Charles Perrault -- The sleeping beauty in the wood / Charles Perrault -- The fair one with the golden...
( 2 reviews )
California Digital Library
Dec 15, 2018 Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
texts
eye 39,297
favorite 69
comment 5
Special Collections copy 1 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold and black; upper board partially detached. Gift of Wilbur Jordan Smith. Printed and illustrated label, Paul Jordan Smith, on upper paste-down. 2 other printed labels on upper paste-down, indicating copy 1 is "second issue...with the frontispiece on verso of the half-title, and the first page of Contents printed on the verso of the leaf of Preface." Special Collections copy 2 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold...
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
Jun 8, 2018
texts
eye 7,732
favorite 26
comment 1
Watermarks: "1804" on leaf [8], "TM" on leaf [15]
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Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
Jun 8, 2018
texts
eye 22,061
favorite 18
comment 1
Publisher's yellow wrappers, printed in red and blue; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
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Topic: Chickens
California Digital Library
Nov 17, 2017 Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
texts
eye 31,218
favorite 25
comment 1
Spec. Coll. copy 1: Green cloth over boards, blocked in gold and black, in case. Ex libris Olive Percival. Gift of Jo Swerling
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,976
favorite 7
comment 1
Illustrated tan wrappers, printed in orange. Inscription "This book was the property of William Turner Clarke younger brother of Amanda F. Todd. He died at the age of nine years" on upper free endpaper. Ex libris Bernard M. Meeks
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Topics: Conduct of life, Boys
California Digital Library
Mar 13, 2016 Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694-1773; Trusler, John, 1735-1820; Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694-1773; Gregory, John, 1724-1773
texts
eye 1,636
favorite 9
comment 1
Gulick, S.L. Chesterfield bibliography
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Etiquette, Courtesy, Young women -- Conduct of life, Young men -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Feb 12, 2016 Bennett, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1829-1867
texts
eye 5,356
favorite 28
comment 1
Osborne Coll.
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Topic: Cats
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Jan 23, 2016 Sherwin, J. K. (John Keyse), 1751-1790
texts
eye 740
favorite 0
comment 1
Mounted on cardboard. In case
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Topics: Prayer, Alphabet
California Digital Library
Oct 6, 2015 Bishop, James
texts
eye 1,201
favorite 1
comment 1
Publisher's gray printed wrappers; publisher's advertisements on lower wrapper
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Peddlers and peddling -- England London
California Digital Library
Aug 10, 2015
texts
eye 1,501
favorite 7
comment 1
Publisher's printed yellow wrappers; pictorial chromoxylographed upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Nonsense verses, American
California Digital Library
Jul 22, 2015 Robinson, Charles
texts
eye 2,298
favorite 12
comment 1
Green cloth over boards blocked in gold
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
California Digital Library
Jul 8, 2015 Wyss, Johann David, 1743-1818; Kingston, William Henry Giles, 1814-1880
texts
eye 3,602
favorite 7
comment 1
Red brown cloth over bevelled boards blocked in blue, black, brown, and gold; all edges gilt
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,232
favorite 1
comment 1
Publisher's printed blue wrappers; vignette on upper wrapper repeats from t.p.; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Practical jokes, Skating, Christmas stories
California Digital Library
Apr 5, 2015 Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865
texts
eye 1,078
favorite 1
comment 1
Frank Ludlow -- Victory -- The farmer and solider -- France, in old times -- War -- Walks in childhood -- Christmas hymn -- A short sermon --Agriculture -- Peace
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Christian life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
Jan 1, 2015
texts
eye 1,703
favorite 6
comment 1
Beige illustrated wrappers, printed in yellow, black, and brown
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Fairy tales
California Digital Library
Nov 21, 2014 Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856
texts
eye 1,442
favorite 8
comment 1
Blue stiff wrappers; printed paper onlay with title on upper wrapper
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Topics: Dandies, Humorous poetry, English
Publisher's buff printed wrappers
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Topic: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
California Digital Library
Nov 10, 2014 Delaware, Lady; Crane, Thomas, 1808-1859
texts
eye 934
favorite 8
comment 1
BM
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Topics: Animals, Children's poetry
California Digital Library
Oct 28, 2014 Hoatson, A
texts
eye 1,218
favorite 11
comment 1
Publisher's illustrated wrappers. Inscribed on verso of upper wrapper: Paul from Auntie. Purchase, Howard S. Mott, 2003
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Children's poetry, English, Counting-out rhymes
California Digital Library
Sep 20, 2014 Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
texts
eye 62,543
favorite 102
comment 11
Publisher's peach wrappers, printed in red, blue, and black
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Jul 28, 2014
texts
eye 3,384
favorite 8
comment 1
No. 1 in a collection of sixteen, in two slipcases. [Japanese fairy tale collection]
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Topics: Wealth, Devil, Folklore -- Japan
California Digital Library
Jul 28, 2014
texts
eye 2,842
favorite 9
comment 2
No. 5 in a collection of sixteen, in two slipcases. [Japanese fairy tale collection]
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Topics: Deception, Revenge, Cannibalism, Badgers -- Japan, Folklore -- Japan
California Digital Library
Mar 17, 2014 Mabel, [pseud.]; Lambert, George
texts
eye 1,599
favorite 10
comment 1
Publisher's chromolithographed illustrated paper over boards
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Topics: Sunflowers, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Jul 10, 2012 Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883
texts
eye 15,312
favorite 44
comment 1
Osborne Coll.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Giants, Giants
California Digital Library
May 9, 2012 Isle, June
texts
eye 10,434
favorite 27
comment 4
Brown cloth over boards, blocked in blind and black
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Christmas stories, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Dec 9, 2011 Warner, Susan, 1819-1885; Warner, Anna Bartlett, 1827-1915; Gilbert, John, Sir, 1817-1897; Whymper, Josiah Wood, 1813-1903
texts
eye 2,294
favorite 7
comment 1
The Christmas stocking -- The story of the three apples -- The story of the red cent -- The story of the purse -- The story of the two shoes -- The story of the pine cone -- The story of the hymn book -- The story of the cork boat -- The stocking's story
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Christmas stories
Orange stiff wrappers, with an engraved title label pasted on upper wrapper. Inscription: Joanna E. Dana ... Dedham, Massachusetts, 1828. Ex libris Marjorie Moon. Ex libris W.M. Stone. Purchase, Justin Schiller, 1997
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,389
favorite 9
comment 2
Publisher's printed green wrappers; title vignette repeated on upper wrapper
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: Birds
California Digital Library
Jul 17, 2010 Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Alcott, May, 1840-1879; Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
texts
eye 21,666
favorite 37
comment 2
Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
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Topics: Family, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Jun 1, 2010 Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
texts
eye 22,833
favorite 62
comment 2
Orange cloth over boards blocked in black, green and red
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: Slavery -- United States
California Digital Library
Jan 26, 2010
texts
eye 1,332
favorite 5
comment 1
The original American -- The fox -- The Ten Commandments -- The Hottentots -- The English -- The Chinese
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Conduct of life, Manners and customs
California Digital Library
Jan 26, 2010 Lawson, Lizzie; Mack, Robert Ellice
texts
eye 18,670
favorite 72
comment 5
Dust jacket; quarter green linen and green illustrated paper inscription dated Christmas, 1886
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Contemporary half blue calf and marbled paper over boards. Inscribed on half-title: Helen Elisabeth Rawson ... Jan. 11.1827. Purchase, Pickering & Chatto Ltd., 1996. Gift of the Friends of CBC
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Boarding schools, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,370
favorite 3
comment 1
Moon, M. Tabart
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Husband and wife, Domestic relations, Women -- Conduct of life, Obedience
California Digital Library
Sep 10, 2009
texts
eye 2,365
favorite 11
comment 1
Tiny and his parents -- Tiny, Toodles, and the turkey -- New mischief done by the puppies -- Tiny and Toodles behave worse than ever -- How Tiny hunted the cat, and what he got by it -- What happened to Tiny and Toodles
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Dogs, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,772
favorite 4
comment 1
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Children, Children -- Death Religious aspects Christianity, Christian biography, Christian life
California Digital Library
Jul 25, 2009 Austin, Cyril F; Austin, Hilda
texts
eye 1,819
favorite 20
comment 1
Quarter red cloth and illustrated and printed white paper over boards
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Dolls
California Digital Library
Jun 9, 2009
texts
eye 1,492
favorite 5
comment 1
Printed light blue wrappers
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Miniature books, Children's stories
California Digital Library
Jan 2, 2009
texts
eye 14,665
favorite 36
comment 1
Publisher's tan printed wrappers
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Jul 7, 2008 Corner, John
texts
eye 3,811
favorite 11
comment 1
Ali Baba, or, The forty thieves -- The babes in the woods -- Cinderella, or, The little glass-slipper -- Jack and the bean-stalk -- Jack the giant-killer -- Little red riding-hood -- Puss in boots -- Robin Hood -- The three bears -- Tom Thumb -- Whittington and his cat
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Fairy tales
California Digital Library
Feb 4, 2008 Bache, Anna; Mellen, Grenville, 1799-1841; Sedgwick, Charles, Mrs., 1791-1864; Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792; Westall, Richard, 1765-1836
texts
eye 1,301
favorite 0
comment 1
The mother's jewel / by the author of "The brothers" -- Sweet stream -- Stanzas / by Miss Elizabeth M. Allison -- The would-be-genteel lady / by Mrs. Charles Sedgwick -- At home / by Mrs. Anna Bache -- To the whip-poor-will -- The child's best friend -- Napoeon and the iron crown / by Grenville Mellen -- The Barlow knife / by Robert Jonathan -- Gertrude / by Miss A. D. Woodbridge -- Sodus Bay -- Mary Wallace : a juvenile story -- The Genoese emigrant / by Miss E. M. Allison -- Sonnet...
( 1 reviews )
Imperfect copy: Sig. Al (frontispiece?) wanting
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Voyages, Imaginary, Adventure and adventurers
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,459
favorite 7
comment 1
On obedience -- Village green -- Happy children -- Venturesome boy -- A little girl on fire -- The fall -- The cruel boy -- Giving of alms -- The ferryman -- Mischievous boy -- A new book -- The afrightened girl -- Sheep and their lambs -- Hard hearted boy -- I'll have them -- Bathing -- Benjamin Franklin -- Grand experiment -- Coach -- The little husbandman -- Sloop -- Steamboat -- The cat -- The flowers -- The bee -- The duck and goose -- The anxious bird -- The Bible
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Conduct of life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Jan 22, 2008
texts
eye 6,078
favorite 20
comment 1
NUC pre-1956
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
Nov 20, 2007
texts
eye 2,245
favorite 2
comment 1
A collection of children's stories
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Children's stories, American
California Digital Library
Oct 14, 2007 Crosland, T. W. H. (Thomas William Hodgson), 1865-1924; Monsell, J. R; Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905
texts
eye 2,050
favorite 8
comment 2
Pale green striped cloth over boards
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Welch, D.A. Amer. children's books
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Chapbooks, American, Conduct of life
Special Collections copy 1: Blue illustrated wrappers
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
Sep 17, 2007 Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875; Dulcken, H. W. (Henry William), 1832-1894; Bayes, Alfred Walter, 1832-1909; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
texts
eye 11,671
favorite 42
comment 1
Osborne Coll.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Children's stories, Danish
California Digital Library
Aug 2, 2007 Chamberlain, Basil Hall, 1850-1935
texts
eye 2,208
favorite 9
comment 4
A fable explaining why jellyfish have no bones
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Deception, Jellyfishes, Monkeys, Dragons, Folklore -- Japan
California Digital Library
texts
eye 662
favorite 5
comment 1
Quarter red sheep and gold marbled paper over boards; red sprinkled edges
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Conduct of life, Voyages and travels, Manners and customs
California Digital Library
May 3, 2007 Chatelain, Clara de, 1807-1876
texts
eye 851
favorite 1
comment 1
Embossed white cloth, printed in blue and gold, over boards; green leaf onlay on upper board
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
California Digital Library
texts
eye 611
favorite 2
comment 0
NUC pre-1956
Topic: Children's stories
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Conduct of life, Religious life
Green cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,218
favorite 0
comment 0
A retelling of the French fairy tale in which a clever cat wins his master a fortune and the hand of a princess; and other stories
Topic: Cats
California Digital Library
texts
eye 533
favorite 0
comment 0
Ex libris Olive Percival
Publisher's yellow stiff wrappers, printed in blue within decorative red border
Topics: Inheritance and succession, Ballads, English
Publisher's tan printed wrappers
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 668
favorite 2
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Conduct of life, Happiness
Publisher's tan printed stiff wrappers; publisher's advertisements on yellow inner wrappers
Topics: Donkeys, Children's poetry, English
California Digital Library
- Cameron, Mrs. (Lucy Lyttelton), 1781-1858
texts
eye 616
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's pink printed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Christian education, Conduct of life, Piety
California Digital Library
texts
eye 672
favorite 3
comment 0
Publisher's printed tan wrappers; woodcut illustration from p. [1] repeated on upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topic: Temperance
California Digital Library
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texts
eye 509
favorite 1
comment 0
Light plum fine diagonal grain cloth over boards; upper board blocked in blind, black, white, red, and gold. Upper board loose
Topics: Conduct of life, Self-interest
California Digital Library
texts
eye 792
favorite 3
comment 0
Steam boat -- The chair -- The ship -- The well -- Arm and hammer -- The cat -- Brown cow -- White horse
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 539
favorite 2
comment 0
Spec. Coll. copy 1 = Russet levant morocco over boards, tooled in blind and gold; green endpapers; all edges gilt. Spine tooled in gold; olive green leather label on spine, lettered in gold: My aunt. Blue wrappers, with engraved, hand-colored pictorial paper onlay on upper wrapper, bound in; cover title: My grandfather. Misbound: leaves out of order
Topic: Grandfathers
California Digital Library
texts
eye 531
favorite 0
comment 0
NUC pre-1956
Topics: Emigration and immigration, Frontier and pioneer life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 540
favorite 0
comment 0
The little reward -- The little present
California Digital Library
- Cameron, Mrs. (Lucy Lyttelton), 1781-1858
texts
eye 949
favorite 0
comment 0
Publisher's yellow printed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Christian life, Contentment -- Religious aspects Christianity